Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has aimed a jibe at Manchester United in the build up to tonight’s crunch derby clash at Old Trafford.
According to the Metro to Brazilian, who is currently mid-way through his first season at the Etihad, revealed that he was shocked at how bad United were the last time the two sides met - when City smashed United 4-1 at the Etihad in September - and insisted the teams would have different ambitions ahead of the game tonight.
“The game against us was a long time ago, but the situation is different now because we are fighting for the title and they are not, they are maybe just fighting for honour,” Fernandinho commented.
“It’s a club with a lot of history with very good players and they were the champions so, yes, I was surprised at how badly they played that day and how easily we won.”
City go into the fixture with their fiercest rivals knowing that a win will give them a substantial boost in the race for the Premier League title. They currently sit third in the table, six points behind leaders Chelsea, but have three games in hand. If they manage to win those matches then they could establish a clear lead at the top heading into the final few games, and fans of the club will be confident they can reclaim the trophy they covet most.
Meanwhile United’s fortunes have been far less rosy. Coming to the end of their first campaign under David Moyes the Red Devils sit a dismal seventh in the league, and without a strong performance in their remaining games they could well miss out on European competition for next year altogether.